Xtreme Bugs Invade Bishop Museum

Xtreme Bugs Invade Bishop Museum

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Experience the invasion of Xtreme BUGS, at Bishop Museum Dec.8 through March 2013. The exhibit of epic proportions will feature everything from Xtra-large animatronic bugs, including a 15-foot long Japanese hornet, a larger than life Tarantula and Orchid Mantis! Xtreme BUGS will take museumgoers along a journey across the 12-acre campus to view more than 20 oversized animatronic bugs, from a fluttering monarch butterfly and ladybug to a praying mantis and a giant Madagascar hissing cockroach. Additionally, there will be nearly 130 largerthan-life stationary insects and flora, some grouped in themed action scenes, including bees

pollinating, spiders hunting, ants feasting upon a scorpion, and cicadas hatching. "With an estimated 8 million different species, insects outnumber any other living thing on Earth," said Neal Evenhuis, Senior Entomologist at Bishop Museum. "Most people think of bad insects when someone says 'bugs': those that bite, sting, destroy our homes, or cause us grief in other ways. But many bugs are important and beneficial to us in a number of ways." Xtreme BUGS is a surreal educational experience that will present people with a unique opportunity to imagine living in a world where bugs have the size advantage, and providing a new perspective on what many think of as merely 'small pesky animals,' but who actually play an essential role in the health of the ecosystem.

Along the exhibit, there will be interactive signs and graphics illustrating amazing facts about some of the smallest creatures. Throughout the run of the exhibit, Bishop Museum will offer educational programming, lectures and special events themed around bugs and insects. Xtreme BUGS was produced by Dinosaurs Unearthed, the Vancouver-based company that also provided the Museum's last two dinosaur exhibits (Fall 2009 and Spring-Summer 2011).

Admission into Bishop Museum: Adults - $17.95; Youth (4-12) and Seniors (65+) - $14.95; Hawaii residents and  Military with ID - Adults $10.95; Youth (4-12) and Seniors (65+) $8.95; (non-resident adult visitors accompanied by Military or a Hawaii resident with ID - $14.95); Bishop Museum members and children age three and younger are always free. Children age 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Bishop Museum is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed on Tuesdays and Dec. 25. For more information, please visit www.bishopmuseum.org <http://www.bishopmuseum.org> or call (808) 847-3511.